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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. mickey711

    mickey711 Senior member

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    Pablo Triana's "Lecturing Birds on Flying". [​IMG] It provides an easy to understand look at quantitative finance models, but is extremely repetitive. It's basically: The Black-Scholes-Merton (BSM) model is flawed, VaR greatly underestimates market risk, and many quantitative techniques are wrong repeated over 350+ pages. And he's got absolutely no sense of humor.
     


  2. Verno Inferno

    Verno Inferno Well-Known Member

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    Just finished Kerouac's On The Road.

    I think that beat crap is lost on me. This book made me want to read The Red Eye (free crappy Chicago "newspaper") on my commute. I give him credit: it's pretty amazing that he describes so many different parts of America in such convincing detail... but I hated all the characters and just couldn't understand the appeal of this book. I'm probably a bit too young to find anything in it relevant. Meh. Get a job, hippy.

    Anyway. I've moved on to The World According to Garp, but I might read The Great Gatsby during my Christams travels since I just bought it and a couple posts about it in the last few pages are giving me a hankerin'.
     


  3. Eccentric

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    About a quarter of the way through Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. So far, it's outstanding.
     


  4. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    A Long Stone's Throw...Alphie McCourt.
    The last one. Gonna suffer McCourt withdrawal.
     


  5. Wallcloud

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    On page 50 of A moveable feast by Hemingway. So very good. I am only sad that I waited this long to read it.
    I see alot of comments about Gatsby in this thread. To all of you who have not read it, read it.
    BTW, this is one of my favorite (making it one of the best) threads on the interwebz.
     


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    Just finishing up "An Army at Dawn" by Atkinson.

    Great read about the early days of the Allied struggle in North Africa. Lots of names you know making serious blunders as they learn how to make war.

    Recommended.
     


  7. edinatlanta

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    Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It was OK, a little too melodramatic.
     


  8. wmmk

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    My Kinsman, Major Molineux--Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The House of Seven Gables--Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Artists in Uniform-Mary McCarthy
    Settling the Colonel's Hash--Mary McCarthy

    In Milonianam Ciceronis--Asconius
    Pro Milone--Cicero
     


  9. Acephale

    Acephale Senior member

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    I have a book. Bataille - Divine Filth.
     


  10. Britalian

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    The Temporary Kings, vol. 11 of Dance to the Music of Time. In Italy in the 60s.
     


  11. edinatlanta

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    Moby Dick and Crecent & Star, it is about Turkey.
     


  12. Wallcloud

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    Just finished Hemingways Moveable Feast. I always have a hard time moving on to othe authors after having read Hemingway. Starting Norwegian Wood by Murakami tonight.
     


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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Long overdue. Every time I've tried to read it it's been in the summer and it doesn't work. It's definitely a winter book.
     


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    The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons What's Not to Love? by Jonathan Ames Trying to keep it light for the holidays.
     


  15. Wallcloud

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    Halfway through Norwegian Wood. I feel kind of "eh" about it. I like his writing style but I am not sure how I feel about the story. I will finish tonight or tomorrow.
    Does anyone else have thoughts/opinions on Murakami?
     


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